Classical charm

With the right treatment, minimalism and maximalism need not be mortal enemies

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A view of some antique furniture from Roy's Antiques.

There are many who believe that the pervasive influence of minimalism is on its last legs, and that maximalism is making a comeback. If this is the case, it leaves homeowners with a dilemma stick with their minimalist look or attempt to stay ahead of the game with some timely adjustments.

Antique dealer and interior decorator Roy Williams says help is at hand. With a few simple tips, you can combine the benefits of minimalism with the exuberance of maximalism.

"One of the simplest ways to change the look of a home is a liberal application of paint. Red is a popular shade to warm a room and will complement the addition of antiques a sure way to give your home a sense of history and permanence."

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A view of some antique furniture from Roy's Antiques.

The many different eras and antique styles can seem daunting to the amateur decorator. But a simple rule of thumb can keep you on track.

"Until one develops an experienced eye, it is easiest to stick to either country or city furniture. Country furniture is very simple, relying for its appeal on the beauty of the timber often oak, ash, cherrywood or elm. City furniture is more sophisticated in design and is usually made of timbers not native to Europe such as highly-polished mahogany or Brazilian rosewood," says Williams.

There is also a common misconception among non-antique collectors that they must decorate their home with items from strictly the same period.

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A view of some antique furniture from Roy's Antiques.

"Traditionally, homes have been decorated with furniture handed down from antecedents, adding texture to the look. Because of this, pieces are of differing quality, so replicating this look is not only historically accurate, but cost effective for the owner," says Williams.

Caring for your investments is also paramount, and Williams suggests a couple of tips to keep your pieces in pristine condition.

"Keep paintings and wooden furniture away from direct sunlight to prevent fading. But do allow your oil paintings a little light, though not direct sunlight, to keep the oils from darkening."

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